Friday, August 26, 2011

"I live in northeastern pennsylvania" + blog

That was the search I decided to try today. The phrase "i live in northeastern pennsylvania" plus the word "blog." It was a shot in the dark, but I thought it might yield some results. And it did.

Michelle Coulter has a blog on the Open Salon network which, as best I can tell, is called either "Fence Posts" or, more simply, "Michelle Coulter's Blog." I didn't discover her blog directly, but followed her back from a comment she left elsewhere that had the magic phrase in it. Judging by the content of the front page, it appears to be a poetry blog.

The second blog I found is called "Plank House Construction." From its "About Me" page:

Hello, my name is Dennis and I live in northeastern Pennsylvania. The reason I published this blog is one day I was going through a forum for a home repair website and I saw this question from a woman who has a plank house and was looking for information on how to go about remodeling it. Well. she got 3 or 4 replies and even had one from a contractor. A few tried to help but with a plank house, their suggestions were not very helpful. The contractor was not much help either. Most of the forums I go through the replies are to tear the house down and build a new house. For some people this might be a good idea, but then you have to think about all the other expenses such as having blueprints drawn up, all the new codes that must be followed. I own a plank house and have spent the last six years remodeling it. I went through all of the problems you can possibly have when remodeling a plank house. I have installed new electrical, new plumbing, new doors and windows, new heating system, leveled floors and ceilings, built new interior walls, new drywall, anything you can think of I did it to this house. The house is an 1870's Victorian house and I am about 90% finished. When I read in this forum about the problem this woman was having I had to reply to her and try and help her out. Needless to say she was thrilled with the information I supplied her. I have been working in carpentry since I graduated high school in the early 70's and about 75% of the homes I worked in were plank houses. They are very well built homes and with proper upkeep they will last a very long time. If anyone has questions or problems that I can help you with feel free to contact me.

I'm a little fuzzy on what a plank house is, and for all I know I may own one. Many of the houses in NEPA are very old, built with construction methods that may baffle modern contractors. A blog like this can be very helpful.
Plank House Construction: Problems Encountered When Remodeling a Plank House

This next one...I'm not even sure if it counts as a blog. It's the Vimeo site for Matt Taylor, who identifies himself as living in New Milford and says "I live in northeastern pennsylvania. I like to make little videos." I don't know if a collection of apparently unconnected videos counts as a blog - but, what the heck, let's say that it does.

Matt Taylor's Vimeo page

The final blog I'll list in this post is called Colin Devroe lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania - or at least did, back in 2005. Many of his recent posts are from the far-off territory known as the Lehigh Valley, which may or may not be part of Northeastern Pennsylvania, depending on who you ask.  From a quick scan of the most recent posts, it seems like this is a "Life" blog as well as a Technology blog. Maybe even a Photo blog!

That's just four, all from the first page of results. Maybe I'll drill down into this some more in the future.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

NEPA Blogosphere earthquake wrap-up

Unless you have been living in a closet for the last 48 hours, chances are that you've heard about (or felt) the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in VA which was felt all along the east coast, including right here in NEPA. Below is a small sampling about what our local bloggers had to say about the day's events.

David DeCosmo from No News Is...Good News? has a post titled "All Shook Up" in which he writes...
"At first I thought it was caused by some sort of heavy equipment driving by. Or maybe dynamite blasting at a nearby construction site. But, since we didn't hear anything we ruled that out.

I mentioned "earthquake" then confirmed it by a
call to my former News Assignment Desk."

WNEP's A Pal wasn't frightened. This was his second earthquake experience. The first one happened while he was sitting in the WNEP newsroom several years ago.


Valley Scanner has Wilkes-Barre Earthquake Footage. Click here to see it.


Chuck Anziulewicz from PolishBear's World talks about experiencing his first earthquake ever.


Gort as an extensive earthquake wrap-up blog post here (to which I kind of borrowed the idea for this post) linking to other posts from his blogroll.


Mark over at Circumlocution for Dummies
is not impressed with the the quake so much.


Jimbobbillybob of Posts from the Fringe discusses the earthquake, but compares it to the potential hurricane we may experience at the end of the week.


The Further Adventures of Heathcliff's nephew got an unpleasant surprise for his birthday which was on the same day that the quake happened.

"Amazingly it was also, for most people I know, our very first ever experience with an earthquake. Although it occurred somewhere over in Virginia, because it registered at 5.8 on the Richter scale it affected the entire eastern seaboard. I happened to have been looking at my Facebook account at the time so I was able to get reactions & comments from friends, relatives & former classmates & teachers of mine in many different parts of the country. When it first happened the woman sitting right next to me made a comment about how maybe it was from the truck that was passing by. We then realized, though, that that couldn't have been it because the building shook violently & it lasted for about ten seconds."

*Shameless Self Promotion* Harold and I both briefly talked about the earthquake on our blogs here and here respectively.


In the end, I'm glad that everyone managed to stay safe and that there was no major damage in the area to report. I'm not so sure we will escape Irene's path this weekend though. Stay alert and tune in to your local news authority for more updates on that potential mess.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Almost Colossus

Almost Colossus

al·most (ôlmst, ôl-mst) adv. 1. Slightly short of; not quite; nearly.
co·los·sus (k-lss) n. 1. A huge statue. 2. Something likened to a huge statue, as in size or importance.

Jamius Yost, of Kingston, is the newest personal blogger to be featured this week. Jamius is fairly new to the whole blogosphere. He just started this blog on July 12th. I was unable to locate a detailed about page, but I think his first blog entry sums up the blog's contents pretty well...

Manifest d'oh!

I'm not quite sure to what means I intend to reach in this, my own little bubble of introversion. Certainly I intend to utilize this space for my own creation: surely some sketches, hopefully complete works, poorly edited musings on music and other media, and most certainly in-cohesive ramblings on life and varied interests.

Ever the perfectionist, I intended on some grand unveiling, but as I sit here, hot, sloshy, and tired, I'm thinking, this is it. Honest. Bare bones.

So here it is. It's not pretty. I do plan on decorating.

As always, if you'd like us to give your blog a mention, please leave a message in the comments or email us at You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Is THIS Bliss?!

Occasionally, we will receive blog submissions from our NEPA Bloggers Facebook group. This would be one of those occasions. Our newly listed blogger, Lorina, is the author of the "Is THIS Bliss?!" blog

The URL is:

Lorina journals a lot about her journey to get into shape. "What's her secret?" you are probably asking (as am I). Here's the beauty of her blog: she willing shares with you all of the activities and exercising she does to maintain her healthy weight. I can tell you right now, homegirl has more will power than I do! This blog also has lots of photos and fun stuff to read about (such as her dog, lovingly named "Beavis").

From the About Page: "The purpose of this blog is to figure out just who I am right now. No, I don’t have amnesia. I know who I’ve been. I’ve been a daughter, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a geek, an artist (not quite starving, but I was quite skinny), a web developer, a web publisher, and a vet tech. I’m still some of those things, but I can’t quite pin down exactly what I am NOW."

Let's all give her a warm NEPA Blogs welcome!
Happy Tuesday :)


Monday, August 22, 2011

Amye Archer

Another twitter find! Amye Archer is a literary fiend from NEPA. Ironically, she's using almost the same exact theme/layout as Sara Tompkins (who we featured yesterday below).

Amye Archer

Amy also is associated with the Wilkes Write Life blog, which is located at which is dedicated to the Creative Writing MA/MFA Program at the college.

Some random facts about Amye from her about page:
Enjoy! If you are a blogger who would like to be added to our Blog Roll, please leave us a message in the comments or hit us up at

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sara Tompkins' blog

While perusing Twitter, I came across a very witty blogger from NEPA that deserves a spot on our blog roll.

Sara Tompkins' blog
"The awkward (and fun) life of a twenty-some"

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Groove Music Life

A blog submitted via the NEPA Bloggers Facebook group:

The Groove Music Life

From the "About" page:
The Groove Music Life is a total reboot of what once started out as Stuck In A Pagoda With Motoko Aoyama. It is wholly devoted to intelligent musical commentary on Japanese pop and Western punk rock, alternative, and independent music, placing both musical cultures on equal footing, as well as promoting the wider legal availability of Japanese pop and rock acts to Western and European music fans by way of a grass roots campaign to obtain live and retail access of these acts to the general public at large.

From the "About the Author" page:
CJ Marsicano is a writer and musician from the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. He has written about music and pop culture for such online publications as Scoops, The Bagpipe Report, and Project X, and conducted interviews with such noteworthy musicians as Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges), Bif Naked, and Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Bob Mould). In addition to his music blog The Groove Music Life, he maintains worship blogs for Morning Musume vocalist Reina Tanaka (So Hot She Shits Fire) and SDN48/ex-AKB48 member Megumi Ohori (My Sweet Meetan, in collaboration with Christopher Knuody of Chuo Dori)

He is presently wrapping work on his first novel, Here Is The Wonderland, as well as a non-fiction project presently in the embryonic stage.

If you're from Northeastern Pennsylvania, live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, or blog about Northeastern Pennsylvania, we'd love to link your blog! Contact us through the NEPA Bloggers Facebook group, drop us a line at, or leave a message in the comments!

Vote for NEPA Mom!

One NEPA's famous Mommy bloggers has been nominated for Parents Magazine 2011 Best Blog Awards. More specifically, for the "Gear and Toys" blog category.

NEPA Blogs would like to congratulate fellow blogger Megan Galko for receiving a nod from the magazine. In order for her to win this award, she needs votes! If you'd like to help her out, please click on the picture to the left to vote for her or click right here. You will need to create a Parents login if you don't have one already in order to vote. I was unable to tell how many times you can vote for the blog, but the button was grayed out after I clicked it.

Good luck, Megan!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bulk Business Blog Bonanza

NEPA Blogs is now up to 189 followers on Twitter. Some of these followers do not have blogs at all and others have already been linked to from here. On Sunday, I did some extensive research (*ahem* blog stalking) on the rest of the followers and came up with an extensive list of blogs that are not in our directory. I now present to you the business blogger portion of the list:

1. Miles of RV Smiles:

From the About Page: Fretz RV first opened as a small country hardware store in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Since opening its doors in 1946, Fretz RV has built a reputation for quality products accompanied by an outstanding dedication towards complete customer satisfaction. Fretz RV has grown into a proud and caring family business, who to this day remains as loyal to its customers as the day they opened for business. Fretz RV provides the customer with reliable service and high quality products from manufacturers that share the same desire for customer care and satisfaction as Fretz RV does. They stand behind all the products they sell and always consider the value of the product or service the customer is receiving. If you are looking for an RV in PA, NJ, NY, or DE, please consider Fretz RV. We ship RVs ANYWHERE in the WORLD!

2. Yellow Cat Creative Solutions:

From the About Page: A Little Bit About Yellow Cat Creative Solutions.

“Out of limitations comes creativity.” – Debbie Allen

Yellow Cat Creative Solutions aims to provide creative solutions services to large corporate entities, while catering to the needs of America’s backbone – the small business. We were founded on two foundations – we are good at what we do, and we enjoy doing it.
3. Brook Valley Farm PA:

Located in Carbondale PA, Brookvalley Farm is a family-owned and operated horse drawn vehicle service. They also offer pony rides for all occassions. Laura & Steve (owners) maintain this blog. As they put it "You can come to us of we'll come to you."
Are you a local business that started blogging recently? Shoot us an email at And if you are already on twitter, make sure you follow us to get updates about our blog!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mark's Tech Tock

A blog about technology and its relationship to society, from a professor at LCCC in Nanticoke.

Mark's Tech Tock

It's probably best to just quote from the "About" page for this blog:

Tech Tock is written by Mark Rutkowski, Professor of Technology and Coordinator of Innovative Technology at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, PA, USA. The intent is to make students and others aware of current issues in technology and the relationship of technology to society.
Mr Rutkowski is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.  He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Administration. At Luzerne County Community College, Mr Rutkowski developed new academic programs in Nanotechnology, Cyber Security (inc computer forensics), and Sustainable Energy.

Fascinating stuff. Take a look - and as Bill Cosby used to say, if you're not careful, you might learn a thing or two!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Scrantonite

Happy Monday everyone!
Did I sound cheery enough? I was faking it....

Everyone loves some good eye candy, so this morning I present to you "The Scrantonite" photo blog at

Peter Kamali authors this blog along with the following other blogs: | | |

Grab another cup of joe and the explore the city that made NBC's "The Office" TV show famous.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Ice Cream Journal

What the french vanilla? How have we missed the Turkey Hill ice cream blog in our listings to date?

Turkey Hill's "Ice Cream Journal" has the inside scoop (get it?) about ice cream and the Turkey Hill Dairy. Who knew that there was so much to talk about regarding dairy products? Turkey Hill has an expert on the blog ("Ernie") that will answer any technical questions you may have about ice cream. You can also suggest new flavors or inquire about discontinued ones. They have an extensive Social Media platform and can be contacted on Facebook or Twitter. BTW, Each week they run a Twitter Trivia contest in which the winner receives coupons for their products. I won the contest once and received coupons for free ice tea and ice cream. And hey, who can beat free anything?

But don't take my word for it...from the blog's welcome message:
Welcome to the Ice Cream Journal! Here you'll find a collection of thoughts and stories about ice cream as well as a glimpse inside the ice cream making process at Turkey Hill Dairy. We'll also be updating our blog several times each week, so feel free to stop by often.
Yum! Be sure to enjoy a big indulgent scoop of this blog on us.


Twitter/Mailbag Submission

Thomas Proctor of Clarks Summit replied to one of my recent twitter updates and said "I'm from Tunkhannock unfortunately my blog is from Clarks Summit. Guess I failed! :)"


I responded to him and encouraged him to send along his links to us and we would include them on the site. Shortly after that, we received the following email:

"I have two blogs The Outdoors Experiment at and Totally Random By tom at I will make sure to put a link for you on oeoutdoors. Thanks for your service.

Be sure to check them out! The Outdoor Experiment blog features a wide variety of outdoor activities, events and product reviews. The "My Life As Tom" blog is more of a personal blog about his life and ideas.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

We Are: clamco

The "We Are: Clamco" blog was a discovery of DB Echo when they corrected an "oopsie" in one of his most recent blog posts.

What exactly is clamco? Good question. After doing a bit of reading on their blog, I discovered that the blog is that of a tightly knit family living in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Acronym "Clamco" stands for (C)hris (L)orraine (A)nd (M)egan (Co)mpany (i. e. the members of the family).

From the Author's mouth:

I mainly write about Ebay stuff, my running (if you can call it that), my family's travels and experiences, our pets, etc. I try and keep it light and upbeat. "Be positive" is my motto (as well as my blood type!)

You can check it out here:

Family blogging is such a great idea. I wonder how many other of these types of blogs exist in NEPA? If you know of any, please let us know in the comments or via email at


Google Plus anyone?

Is anyone else on Google+?

For those of you that don't know, Google Plus (or Google+) is Google's new social media platform. It is very similar to Facebook. If you already have a Google account it is a breeze to setup. You can read more about it here.

When I was invited to Google Plus about a month ago, I also received some Google Plus invites as well. I invited the NEPA Blogs email address and setup a Google+ account for it. Is anyone else on there? Please add us! We only have 4 people in our circle, two of which being myself and DB.

Here's the link:

**Don't forget we are also on Facebook and Twitter as well. Please connect with us!


Bucktown Bargains

From the Mailbag:

I just came across your site and was wondering how I can be added to it. I am a local coupon/deal blogger who runs a national blog with over 1000 page views a day. I also write for Go Lackawanna and blog for them as well.

Jenna Urban

For those of us on a Shoestring budget these days, this blog is a great resource for coupons and deals. You can find all sorts of freebies and coupons for everything and anything imaginable. I invite you to check it out.

Also, you can check out Jenna Urban's blog posts at Go Lackawanna here:

Both are now linked from the side bar.
Enjoy your weekend NEPA!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Larry Hohol - Judicial Corruption Blog

Larry Hohol, author of "The Luzerne County Railroad" - a book that is not about locomotive-based transportation systems, but rather about getting railroaded by the corrupt judicial system in Luzerne County - has a blog that is timely and relevant as Mark Ciavarella, the main figure in the "Kids For Cash" judicial corruption scandal, is finally sentenced for his crimes - at least, those crimes for which he was convicted.

Larry Hohol - Judicial Corruption Blog

Northeastern Pennsylvania has a well-known and well-deserved reputation for corruption and criminality. It's not nice, it's not pretty, but it's not something that's going to go away by pretending it's not there. Perhaps in the short term, rooting out the corruption will give NEPA an even worse image. But maybe, with enough effort and enough support from law enforcement agencies at the highest levels, NEPA will be able to excise the corruption that has choked it and held it back for so much of its history, and will finally live up to its full potential.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

La Cascina: The blog of Old Tioga Farm

Another one from the mailbag! In this case, Nicole from Springhouse Woodshop and "Here and Now...and Then" suggested to her friend that she submit her blog to be listed on NEPA Blogs:

My husband Justin and I run a small, seasonal restaurant called Old Tioga Farm in rural Luzerne County ( Our blog is La Cascina (The Farmhouse) at We've been operating for 4 years.

Fantastic! Here it is:

La Cascina

This is quite clearly a treasure in Luzerne County - my own back yard - about which I knew nothing! How many other such treasures are waiting out there? And how many of them have blogs? Nicole, thanks for letting your friend know about us!

If you or your friend is a blogger in Northeastern Pennsylvania, originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, or just blog about Northeastern Pennsylvania, please let us know - or ask them to contact us!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

SPCA of Luzerne County

SPCA of Luzerne County

The day to day updates about the SPCA of Luzerne County, located in Wilkes Barre PA.

What more is there to say? It's a blog for the SPCA of Luzerne County! Go and take a look for updates, upcoming events, and photos from past events!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Pittston Politics, LuLac Politcal Letter among best PA political blogs

This is news from June, but it just popped up on the feed from Joe Valenti's Pittston Politics (which finally has a working feed, after languishing at the bottom of the right sidebar for several years! Granted, the title being supplied by the feed was "Front Page News:", but I've corrected that.)

Pittston Politics: Local blogs chosen top in the state

The blogs in question are Joe Valenti's Pittston Politics and Dave Yonki's LuLac Political Letter, and the choices were made by the site on the post PA's Best Political Blogs. PoliticsPA declared the LuLac Political Letter "Best Blog by Region" for NEPA1, while Pittston Politics is listed as one of the "Best Local Blogs."

Congratulations to these political bloggers on this recognition!

Remember, there are a whole lot of other things to blog about than just politics! If you have a blog, whether it's political or not, and you're from NEPA, in NEPA, or just blogging about NEPA, we'd like to link you! Contact us at .

1. PolitcsPA lists the "Regions" as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, NEPA, Lehigh Valley, and Northwest PA. Seems to me that there's a whole central third (or more) of the state that's absent here, including - oddly - Harrisburg. (State College, too!)

Friday, August 05, 2011

Fashion Vandals

From the mail bag:


If possible, I would like to have my blog included on your NEPA blog site. I'm a blogger who lives in Kingston, and my blog is It's a blog all about alternative fashion and designers, and alternative models. Thank you very much.

- Riss Vandal

Here it is:

Fashion Vandals

From the "About Riss Vandal":

Riss Vandal has always been drawn to designers, brands, and models that stand apart from the mainstream. She’s a staff writer for Gothic Beauty Magazine , the woman behind Strange Days jewelry, and cohost of The Phillips Family Fun Time radio show. Often in the midst of a fashion identity crisis, on any given day Riss is likely torn between goth, punk, neo-Victorian, and over-the-top glam styles.

Go and check out Fashion Vandals, and Riss Vandal's other very cool sites!

If you know of any sites that should be added to NEPA Blogs, be sure to drop us a line at . And don't forget about the NEPA Bloggers group on Facebook!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Lisa Ceaser Photography

Here's a blog that I've struggled with for a while - I've had it in reserve, but I was having a hard time verifying that this was actually by someone from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was about to send her a query by email when I recognized her address: she is a blogger we actually have listed already with another blog, the name of which I need to change.

(Odd story: I actually "met" this blogger a few years ago through the blog site of a once-prolific blogger in Michigan whose blog we both read and commented on regularly. I followed back the link on one of her comments to her blog, and that's where things started.)

Lisa Ceaser Photography

From her "About":

Do you like pretty pictures? Me, too!

And I want to share my eye for pretty pictures with you. I want to make you see, feel, experience all that is beautiful in this world. And I want to capture special memories and moments in time and preserve them for you for an eternity.

My style has been called "photojournalistic". I don't try to make you sit, stand, smile in positions that are uncomfortable, unnatural or just overdone. I shoot your family/event/wedding as it happens, with an eye for details that tell the story from the heart. Yes, we will do the traditional bridal party shots, the grandparents, the bride and groom. But when you choose me for your wedding/portraits/event, you get much more and at an affordable price.

If you're a blogger based in Northeastern Pennsylvania, or are from Northeastern Pennsylvania, or blog about Northeastern Pennsylvania, or know someone who falls into any of these categories, please drop us a line at and we'll be happy to list you - or them!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Jenny Hill

This is a blog which, like Jeanne Moran's, was culled from the list of the Top 50 NetworkedBlogs in Scranton. Unlike Jeanne Moran's, there wasn't anything top-level obvious that screamed "Northeastern Pennsylvania," even in the Profile.  But a little poking around revealed some clues: there's a link to Clockface and Plate, "Real Life Reviews" of restaurants - many of which are for places in NEPA. Under "Where I Work" she lists Paper Kite Press in Kingston. Finally, she has a section for "Radio Interviews on WVIA - PBS," NEPA's public broadcasting network. So, we can safely draw the conclusion that Jenny Hill is based in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Here is her blog:

Jenny Hill

It's hard to describe what you'll find on this blog. It might help to simply look at Jenny Hill's profile:

Jenny Hill
Gender: Female
Industry: Arts
Occupation: Poet, Book Wench, Hoop Fitness Instructor
Interests: Poetry typewriters coffee hooping dance toy piano peppermint patties jars of buttons small towns people like you.

That should give you some idea of what you're in for. Stop by and give this fascinating blog a read!